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Working As A Slitter Operator

  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $62,474

    Average Salary

What Does A Slitter Operator Do

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators manage a system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

Duties

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators typically do the following:

  • Add chemicals, such as ammonia or chlorine, to disinfect water or other liquids
  • Inspect equipment on a regular basis
  • Monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges
  • Collect and test water and sewage samples
  • Record meter and gauge readings and operational data
  • Operate equipment to purify and clarify water or to process or dispose of sewage
  • Clean and maintain equipment, tanks, filter beds, and other work areas
  • Follow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
  • Ensure safety standards are met

It takes a lot of work to get water from natural sources—reservoirs, streams, and groundwater—into people’s taps. Similarly, it is a complicated process to convert the wastewater from drains and sewers into a form that is safe to release into the environment.

The specific duties of plant operators depend on the type and size of the plant. In a small plant, one operator may be responsible for maintaining all of the systems. In large plants, multiple operators work the same shifts and are more specialized in their duties, often relying on computerized systems to help them monitor plant processes.

Water treatment plant and system operators work in water treatment plants. Fresh water is pumped from wells, rivers, streams, or reservoirs to water treatment plants, where it is treated and distributed to customers. Water treatment plant and system operators run the equipment, control the processes, and monitor the plants that treat water to make it safe to drink.

Wastewater treatment plant and system operators do similar work to remove pollutants from domestic and industrial waste. Used water, also known as wastewater, travels through sewer pipes to treatment plants where it is treated and either returned to streams, rivers, and oceans, or used for irrigation.

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How To Become A Slitter Operator

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators typically need a high school diploma and a license to work. They also typically undergo on-the-job training.

Education

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators need a high school diploma or equivalent to become operators. Employers may prefer applicants who have completed a certificate or an associate’s degree program in a related field such as environmental science or wastewater treatment technology, as it reduces the amount of training a worker will need. These programs are generally offered at community colleges, technical schools, and trade associations.

Training

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators need long-term on-the-job training to become fully qualified. Trainees usually start as attendants or operators-in-training and learn their skills on the job under the direction of an experienced operator. The trainees learn by observing and doing routine tasks, such as recording meter readings, taking samples of wastewater and sludge, and performing simple maintenance and repair work on plant equipment.

Larger treatment plants usually combine this on-the-job training with formal classroom or self-paced study programs. As plants get larger and more complicated, operators need more skills before they are allowed to work without supervision.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must be licensed by the state in which they work. Requirements and standards vary widely depending on the state.

State licenses typically have multiple levels, which indicate the operator's experience and training. Although some states will honor licenses from other states, operators who move from one state to another may need to take a new set of exams to become licensed in their new state.

Advancement

Most states have multiple levels of licenses for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators. Each increase in license level allows the operator to control a larger plant and more complicated processes without supervision.

At the largest plants, operators who have the highest license level work as shift supervisors and may be in charge of large teams of operators.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must conduct tests and inspections on water or wastewater and evaluate the results.

Detail oriented. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must monitor machinery, gauges, dials, and controls to ensure everything is operating properly. Because tap water and wastewater are highly regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, operators must be careful and thorough in completing these tasks.

Math skills. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must have the ability to apply data to formulas that determine treatment requirements, flow levels, and concentration levels.

Mechanical skills. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must know how to work with machines and use tools. They must be familiar with how to operate, repair, and maintain equipment.

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Slitter Operator Career Paths

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2nd Shift Supervisor
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Assembler Assembly Technician Assembly Leader
Assembly Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Director Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Machinist Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Quality Control Inspector Production Supervisor
General Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Plant Operator Control Room Operator
Operation Shift Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Supervisor Operation Supervisor
Operations Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Forklift Operator Press Operator
Operations Team Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Production Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Press Operator Operator Maintenance Technician
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Press Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
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Crane Operator Plant Operator Water Treatment Operator
Water Superintendent
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Slitter Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

82.8%

Female

16.0%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

68.2%

Black or African American

11.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

2.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

Carrier

16.7%

Portuguese

8.3%

Chinese

8.3%

Ukrainian

8.3%

Cantonese

8.3%

Russian

8.3%
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Slitter Operator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

Monroe Community College

11.6%

York Technical College

5.8%

Ashford University

5.8%

Greenville Technical College

5.8%

Arkansas Northeastern College

4.3%

Patrick Henry Community College

4.3%

Sinclair Community College

4.3%

Kirkwood Community College

4.3%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

4.3%

Ridgewater College

4.3%

Tusculum College

4.3%

East Mississippi Community College

4.3%

Fox Valley Technical College

4.3%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.3%

Hudson Valley Community College

2.9%

Community College of Vermont

2.9%

ECPI University

2.9%

University of Kentucky

2.9%

Michigan Technological University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

22.3%

Criminal Justice

6.9%

General Studies

6.4%

Computer Science

5.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.0%

Precision Metal Working

5.0%

Automotive Technology

5.0%

Electrical Engineering

5.0%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Accounting

4.0%

Drafting And Design

3.5%

Industrial Technology

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.5%

Education

3.0%

Psychology

3.0%

Management

3.0%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

46.7%

Associate

20.0%

Certificate

14.5%

Bachelors

13.9%

Diploma

3.6%

Masters

1.2%
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Top Skills for A Slitter Operator

  1. Safety
  2. Steel Coils
  3. Slitter Machine
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  • Handled preventive and corrective maintenance to maintain proper equipment safety and functionality.
  • Load and unload steel coils, make set ups on the over arm, band steel coils, general housekeeping.
  • Run slitter machine to slit down film onto rolls for finished product to go out the door.
  • Slit coils of steel to customer specs.
  • Machine set-up Machine entry/exit operator Banding and packaging coils

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